July 7, 2014 By admin
Most photographers seem to feel the need to constantly improve their work, to get that extra edge or to take their photography to the next level. Rarely are we completely satisfied with the images that we produce, so we keep trying new techniques or acquiring more equipment or anything we can think of to get our images to that next level. On July 14th, Muril Robertson is going to share some of his ideas and methods that have worked for him to achieve that next level of success. His program will address what he has done to hone his photographic skills and the strategies he has used to explore different types of photography. Muril will also address fundamental photo techniques and show some of his latest images.
Muril is a freelance photographer who enjoys fine art, commercial, and nature photography. His photography has appeared in National Wildlife’s Nature’s Best Magazine, American Photo, Photo World Magazine of China, Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post, Hometown Press, Tennessee Wildlife, Alabama Conservation, and Alabama Magazine, as well as art galleries, brochures, catalogues, etc. His photography was used exclusively in the first three Huntsville Town Planner Calendars as well as for advertising seen in Huntsville on billboards, at the airport, and on TV news sets. He had the cover photo and several other photos in the 1999 book on Huntsville entitled ‘On the Edge of the Universe’. He has also won numerous local, national, and international awards. He has received many awards for his photography. These include a second prize in the 1994 Kodalux sponsored Robert Huntzinger Photo Contest. He was the featured
U. S. photographer in Photo World Magazine of China, in 1990; with a photo spread of his work featured on the magazine’s center two pages. This issue featured one photographer from each of several countries around the world.
He began his photographic work in 1986, and has utilized a variety of camera formats for his work since then. He prefers 35mm and digital cameras for wildlife, candid portraits, and travel photography; and larger format panoramic equipment for landscapes. He has specialized in panoramic photography since 1992. Horizontal panoramics present the world much like we visually view a scene looking from side to side. He also looks for vertical panoramics, which presents added technical challenges such as keeping the image sharp from front to back, not to mention the challenge in finding compositionally interesting true vertical panoramics. Most of Muril’s current work utilizes digital technology. He scans his panoramics and stock 35mm slides, and custom prints many of his own images. He currently utilizes a digital infrared technique to create interesting compositions in both black-and-white and color infrared. You can see some of Muril’s images at http://FineLightImages.com.
June 9, 2014 By admin
WHAT: Close-up and Macro Photography program WHO: Andrea L. Shetley WHEN: Monday, June 9 @ 7 p.m. WHERE: Huntsville-Madison County Library, Monroe Street; Huntsville, Alabama
What is “close-up”? When does it become “macro”? What about “micro”? My macro/micro lens doesn’t get as close as I want it to…what’s wrong with it? My close-up photos are all soft and/or have no depth of field…what happened?
Have you ever had any of these questions? Maybe experienced some of these challenges? Join us on Monday, June 9, to learn all about close-up and macro photography with presenter Andrea Shetley. She will start with defining what we mean by close-up, macro, and micro. Next, she will move into showing examples of different types of lenses and accessories that enable you to get closer to your subject; discuss the features, benefits, and drawbacks of each; and discuss the differences between them. Equipment discussion and demonstration will extend to other important accessories, such as tripods, flashes, and remote shutter releases. Techniques to control lighting and overcome weather challenges also will be shown. At the end, Andrea will present a short slide show of some of her images.
Andrea L. Shetley, FPSA, has been involved in photography for more than 40 years, and 3D photography for 20 years. She uses Pentax DSLR and Panasonic Lumix M4/3 DSLM bodies with an assortment of lens and accessories, Fuji W3 compact digital 3D camera and Cyclopital3D attachments, and a Canon compact digital camera. Andrea is a member of the Huntsville Photographic Society (HPS), Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts League (FLCAL), Fayetteville Photo Club, Photographic Society of America (PSA), and several 3D photography organizations. She is a past president of HPS, is the current chair of the PSA 3D Division, and has been a Kodak Digital Ambassador. Andrea received the PSA Harold D. Lorimor Award (for leadership in photography), the PSA Stuyvesant Peabody Memorial Award (for significant contribution to pictorial photography), and in 2011 was made a Fellow of PSA (FPSA). She has given many programs and workshops to camera clubs and photography conferences nationwide; and has been published in several magazines (including cover shots). Andrea competes in and judges photography competitions locally, nationally, and internationally; and has received many top awards. Her interests are mostly nature-oriented, with special interests in macro, flowers, and insects (especially praying mantises). Other subjects she enjoys are architecture, abstracts, and black light. Andrea currently resides in rural Fayetteville, Tennessee, with her 11 cats. She is landscaping her farm to create more opportunities for nature photography.
May 19, 2014 By admin
May 26th Competition night (Memorial day) will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison. We will meet in Rooms H213/H215. Meeting time 7:00pm
Due to the storms and the closing of the Library for our April Competition, it has been moved to June 30th – topic “Open” and will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison – 7:00pm. The digital portion has already been judged and members are asked to please submit the images they had originally planned to submit.
April 26, 2014 By admin
On Monday at 6:00 pm, Meteorologist Brandon Chambers from WHNT Channel 19 will present a mini class on “Photography and the Weather”
Be sure to arrive early for this informative presentation.
April 26, 2014 By admin
All day, Saturday May 3rd.2014, Southerland will have their sensor cleaning event by Peachtree Camera Repair. The price for camera check and sensor cleaning is $39.95. They will also recalibrate the focus of one lens to camera body for $20 per lens/body. Hours: 9:00 to 5:00 Central.
April 21, 2014 By admin
April Competition: Mon April 28th, 7:00pm at the Huntsville Public Library. Only members may compete. Our April Judge will be Charles Seifried and the topic is “Open”. Digital entries are due by midnight April 21st!
Tips from Charles: “I like clean work, I am not into gimmicks and I look upon photos as a work of art.”
April 7, 2014 By admin
April Program – Composition: Art in the Landscape
by Dusty Doddridge
Dusty grew up in West Tennessee where he fell in love with the great outdoors while fishing with his Dad and Grandfather. In about the year 2000, work and other commitments were keeping Dusty indoors too much so he began hiking and backpacking to get back to his great outdoors. He began intently photographing his world around 2003. Although digital was really taking hold at this point, Dusty was still intent on learning film. He shot a lot of Fuji Velvia and continued learning everything he could about nature and landscape photography. By 2007, he had finally made the switch to digital and has been loving it ever since. He especially enjoys the freedom and possibilities that the digital world open up.
His primary end goad is fine prints and he has worked hard to learn the three phases that lead to a successful print: craft in the field, digital darkroom strategies and the craft of printing. Dusty explained, “I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work and it’s really exciting to connect with other photographers and share what we’ve learned.”
He has photographed all over the world including Iceland, Sweden and America’s wonderful nation parks. His publications include an e-book about Iceland, an e-book about the Great Smoky Mountains and work with the Tennessee Conservationist.
Dusty’s home base is in middle Tennessee but he conducts tours and workshops throughout the United States and some foreign locations. You can learn more about his workshops and tours through his Focal Point Academy website at http://www.focalpointacademy.com You can see more of Dusty’s work at http://www.dustydoddridge.com
Dusty’s presentation to HPS will focus on the art of composition, using the elements of 2-D design to construct successful images in the landscape. If time permits, he will talk about locations, craft in the field and touch on the digital darkroom. Start making plans to attend Dusty’s presentation to the Huntsville Photographic Society on April 14th at 7:00 pm.
March 2, 2014 By cesewall
Well, I hope you got out and took lots of photos in and of the snow. Can you believe how much we had? I tried to find a cardinal on a bare, snow-covered limb, for that beautiful red on white image, but just couldn’t find one. Based on recent weather reports, we may be in for some more snow this month, so I may still have a chance. Hopefully by the end of the month, early blooming flowers may be peeking out for us to capture, so make sure your macro lens is ready. Don’t forget about the Botanical Garden, if you don’t have flowers of your own coming up.
Our February program presenter was Cecil Holmes, one of our own. Cecil discussed High Dynamic Range, or HDR, photography. Though he demonstrated with Photomatix, he mentioned the other HDR applications, and they all are easy to use. Usually, HDR images are loved or hated, with little emotion in between, but Cecil showed us how to use HDR to get the entire range of a scene and portray it in a variety of ways, from very realistic to grungy. In case you didn’t know, Cecil has started his own photo workshop business; several HPS members went with him to Old Car City and had a great time. Check his site out (www.cecilsphotos.com) for beautiful photos and upcoming workshops.
Our judge for “Peace/Tranquility” last month was Muril Robertson. Muril is a past President of HPS and a fantastic photographer and instructor; check out his site at www.finelightimages.com. I really liked the way he spent the time up front discussing his photographic philosophy and how he would judge the photos. He then provided great critiques to the images during the judging process. He also spent time with several members after the meeting discussing/critiquing their images. Be sure to check out the winners on our website gallery and in the newsletter.
Make sure you don’t miss our March program. Roger has managed to get us Adam Jones, a Canon Explorer of Light photographer, who will present “Through the Lens of Adam Jones.” Plan on coming, so we can have a great turnout and show Canon that Huntsville is worthy of future sponsored events.
March is a five Monday month, so don’t forget about our 5th Monday meeting on March 31st. Besides the usual open forum, the HPS Board will be there to answer any questions you may have about how we function, decisions made, etc.
I want to thank Dolores Burns for volunteering to be our Historian. The Board positions are now filled. Though we are early in the year, please start thinking about whether you might want to take on a Board position for next year, since a few members are completing 3 or more years and may be looking to step down.
Our March competition topic is “ Beyond the Doorway.” This is a topic where you might want to consider HDR, since the two sides of the doorway may be in very different light.
Go out and take some photos!!
February 3, 2014 By cesewall
Wow, winter beat on us last month, though the last week of January offered a little bit of snow for photographs. Hopefully, February will be better weather-wise. If not, it’s a good time to go through your camera manual and make the effort to really understand all of its capabilities; this will be invaluable when the perfect shot appears and you’re not really ready.
I’m sorry I missed the “Ansel Adams California Caravan” program given by Joy, Henry, and Tom, but the crud going around had me down that night. Going on a trip like that is something I really want to do soon, and I was anxious to hear about the nuts and bolts of how it works, as well as see the resulting beautiful photos.
Our competition on Color/Noir was quite interesting, since this was a topic wide open to interpretation. Joe Fikes stepped in at the last moment, when our primary judge got sick like many people last month. Joe, who has degrees in Physics, is an accomplished local photographer who has exhibited in the Museum of Art, the VBC, and the Library. He has judged for us in the past, and he has done a couple of programs for us. Joe provided relevant and meaningful comments on the winning images, and spent time after the competition to answer members’ questions about their submissions. Be sure to check out the winners in the newsletter and on our website gallery.
As I mentioned in the last Newsletter and our last meeting, Dave McGuiness is stepping down as Treasurer, after serving HPS for 8 years. One of our new members, Sam Alexander, has volunteered to take the position, so we will have a vote on Sam at our next meeting. Thanks to Sam for doing this! We still need a Historian, as Liz Smith resigned for personal reasons.
The 50 images that will be displayed in our third Huntsville Museum of Art exhibition have been selected. Quite a few new members’ photos were selected, which is fantastic. The images are available for viewing on our website. Congratulations to all of the exhibiting photographers. The exhibition opens on March 1st and will run for a few months.
Our competition topic for this month is “Peace/Tranquility.”
Go out and take some photos!!